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An astronaut, explore and video game designer is going to be the first British person to both travel into space and explore the deepest depths of the Mariana Trench.

Richard Garriott, son of NASA astronaut Owen Garriott, was the sixth space tourist to head to space and is set to be just the 14th person to have set foot at the deepest point of the Pacific Ocean.

The mission, which will take Mr Garriott seven miles below the surface of the Earth, will also carry small poems to bring creative works to the deepest part of the seas.

Mr Garriott, a video game designer often known by his pseudonym Lord British, has also travelled to both the North and South Pole, as well as wreckage site of the RMS Titanic.

All of these high-pressure environments required electron beam welding technology to ensure no hull breaches or other structural issues would affect the journey.

He famously spent $30m of the money he had made on the highly successful Ultima series of role-playing games to fund his space flight, which itself became part of a $28m lawsuit relating to another game he was promoting at the time, Tabula Rasa.

The story at the time is that whilst Mr Garriott was preparing for the trip to space he simply wanted to pursue other endeavours. However, the company he was working for, NCSoft, had actually fired him whilst in quarantine and forced him to sell his stock options, costing him millions.